Our very own Dr. Kate Meurs, Associate
Dean of Research and Graduate Studies with NCSU's College of Veterinary
Medicine, who is head of the genetic research currently underway for the
Sphynx Cat now owns her very own Sphynx! Dr. Meurs' research is
aimed at discovering the genetic markers of HCM (hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy) in our breed, so that there can be a blood test that
will accurately diagnose some forms of this dread disease.
Skinzin Velcro Dr.
Skinzin Bella No Pelo had a
singleton kitten born in early August of 2011. The father of the
litter is Skinzin Chasing a Dream. The kitten was always an exceptional
boy, as singletons sometimes are and, having the whole milk bar all to
himself, he thrived and grew quickly, and was exceptionally spoiled by
his mother, Bella!
I had thought he could be a keeper,
but wasn’t too sure, since I really didn’t need to keep another intact
boy. It was then that I received an email (around October) from Dr.
Kate Meurs asking me if I had, or was expecting to have, any kittens. I
immediately thought of the boy, by then known by me as Velcro.
Velcro was growing up to be a fine
looking boy. I was thrilled that Dr. Meurs wanted a Sphynx of her own,
and knew she would be a wonderful home!
On November 12, 2011, Dr. Kate Meurs
arrived at my home to pick up her kitten. Yes, Skinzin Velcro is now
the proud owner of our very own Dr. Meurs!
Check out the photos…
Soon after Velcro arrived at Dr.
Meurs’ home, she reported the following:
Things are great here! He is eating a bit of the raw but also some of
the canned that you sent back with me and some cooked chicken that I buy
for everyone. He is really doing wonderfully! The Siamese [Dr. Meurs’
other cat] had bit of a stare down with him this evening but he did not
back down or run away so I think the worst might be over! Right now we
are sitting in the bed with one Pomeranian (the other is under the bed)
and he is helping me type this, right now he is peering over the
I'm sending you a mediocre photo!!
and... A few days later, Dr. Meurs
Velcro is doing great! He is asleep next to me under a blanket after
running around like a mad man for the past 2 hours and eating 2 dinners.
He is eating like a fiend! He is doing better with the Siamese, the
first few days she would growl every time she saw him but now she is
definitely interested in his antics and just sits near by and watches
him. Occasionally he reaches out and hits her as he flies past, which is
not appreciated by her and she’ll chase him for a bit but it is
beginning to be part of a game. Today was the first day that I let them
all stay out together while I was at work -- no problems at all! So all
things going better than expected! Thank you!!!!
and... just last month, she sent
another report on her boy,
Velcro is terrific! He is a big
talker -- which is a bit different than the other 2 but is very comical
-- he talks about food but also when he is bored or when he wants me to
turn on a battery operated toy, or sometimes just to himself! He still
rough-houses with Chipper the Pomeranian. Chipper loves it and often
starts it by raising a paw when Velcro goes by and then they are off and
wrestling! Chipper has really thick fur so I think Velcro must end up
with a mouthful of hair! …
I think the information I gave you
before is still current, we are working hard on the project but we still
really need tissue samples and more samples from affected cats!
MORE SPOILED ROTTEN
Here's some useful information for those that are birthing kittens.
Featuring GC Skinzin Sexy Sadie in Live
YouTube taken 11/6/11:
1. Introduction: Sexy Sadie begins the birthing process
2. Keeping kittens warm and bedding clean.
3. Not yet finished
4. Weighing kittens
6. Wrapping it all up
KITTENS - CLICK PICTURES TO SEE LARGER IMAGES